Our veins have a big job to do. They're are part of the circulation system that moves blood throughout the body and their main role is to deliver blood to the heart. Without healthy veins, our body couldn't function so knowing signs they're in trouble is essential for your overall health. "When you think about your veins, you might not think there is much to pay attention to. However, your veins are an essential part of your circulatory system and deserve some care and attention," Dr. Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician with Holistic Wellness Strategies tells us. Here's what to know about your veins and alarming signs to watch out for. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
The Vital Role Veins Have
Dr. Mitchell says, "Veins are blood vessels that carry deoxygenated blood from the body back to the heart. The deoxygenated blood is low in oxygen and high in carbon dioxide. The lungs remove carbon dioxide from the blood, and the oxygen is taken up by the cells from the lungs. The veins have one-way valves that keep the blood flowing correctly. If these valves become damaged, they can cause varicose veins, which are enlarged, twisted veins that can be seen under the skin. Veins also help to regulate body temperature by carrying blood close to the surface of the skin, where it can be cooled by evaporating sweat. In this way, veins play an essential role in ensuring that the body functions correctly."
Why It's Important to Pay Attention to What Your Veins Look Like
Dr. Mitchell explains, "The veins in our bodies are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart. They are equipped with one-way valves that prevent the blood from flowing backward. When these valves become damaged, it can cause the blood to pool in the veins, leading to venous insufficiency. Insufficient venous insufficiency can cause pain, swelling, and leg ulcers. Paying attention to the appearance of your veins can help you to identify problems early on and seek treatment before they become more serious. If you notice any changes in the color or texture of your veins, or if you experience any pain or swelling in your legs, be sure to see a doctor immediately."
Five Things About Your Veins to Keep in Mind
Dr. Mitchell says,
–"Veins can become blocked by clots, which can cause serious medical problems. If you notice any swelling, pain, or redness in your veins, seek medical help immediately.
–Veins can also be damaged by trauma, such as a deep cut or bruise. If you have wounds that penetrate the tissue beneath your skin, get them checked by a doctor.
–Your veins are also susceptible to inflammation, which can be caused by infection or autoimmune diseases. If you notice any persistent pain or swelling in your veins, see a doctor to rule out any underlying conditions.
–Veins can also be weakened by lifestyle choices, such as smoking or sitting for long periods without moving around. To keep your veins healthy, exercise regularly and avoid tobacco products.
Finally, veins can develop varicose veins, which are dilated vessels."
Flat Veins–Your Veins Are Not As Prominent As Before
"While most veins are located deep below the skin, some, such as the ones in the hands and feet, are visible," Dr. Mitchell says. "When these veins become flattened or stretched out, it is known as flat veins. While flat veins are not usually a cause for concern, they can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Dehydration and blood loss are two common causes of flat veins, as they can cause the veins to lose their elasticity. Other potential causes include venous insufficiency, which occurs when the valves in the veins are not functioning correctly, and obesity, which can put pressure on the veins. In rare cases, flat veins can also be a sign of cancer. Therefore, if you notice that your veins have become flattened, you must consult a doctor to rule out any severe underlying conditions."
Thickened, Raised Veins
Dr. Mitchell explains, "When veins become raised and thick, it can cause concern. This condition, known as varicose veins, can be painful and may lead to other health complications. Raised veins are usually caused by a build-up of pressure in the veins. This pressure can be caused by pregnancy, obesity, or prolonged standing. Over time, the valves in the veins weaken, allowing blood to pool in the vein and causing it to bulge. In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins can cause swelling, cramping, and fatigue. They may lead to blood clots or skin ulcers if left untreated. If you are concerned about raised veins, please consult with your doctor."
Pain in the Legs; Throbbing Veins
According to Dr. Mitchell, "Pain in the legs, especially when accompanied by throbbing veins, can signify a serious health condition. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is essential to seek medical attention. While there are many potential causes of leg pain, one of the most serious is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, typically in the leg. The clot can block blood flow and cause pain, swelling, and warmth in the affected area. In severe cases, DVT can lead to life-threatening complications such as pulmonary embolism. If you are experiencing leg pain, especially if the pain is accompanied by swelling or redness, contact your healthcare provider for an evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for preventing serious complications."
Spontaneous Bleeding Of Veins
Dr. Mitchell shares, "Spontaneous bleeding of veins is a medical condition that several different underlying factors can cause. Sometimes, it may result from an injury or trauma to the blood vessels. In other cases, it may be due to a medical condition such as cancer or dehydration. Regardless of the cause, spontaneous bleeding of veins can be a serious medical concern. If left untreated, it can lead to blood loss and potentially death. For this reason, it is essential to seek medical attention if you experience any sudden or unexplained bleeding from your veins."